Educators recognized for years of service

Amy Fears, left, a teacher at Sacred Heart Model School, and Ann Carol Grant, assistant principal of Sacred Heart Model School, listened to Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz at last week’s luncheon recognizing Catholic school educators. (Record Photo by Jessica Able)
Amy Fears, left, a teacher at Sacred Heart Model School, and Ann Carol Grant, assistant principal of Sacred Heart Model School, listened to Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz at last week’s luncheon recognizing Catholic school educators. (Record Photo by Jessica Able)

By Jessica Able, Record Staff Writer

Educating is an act of love. This is the message more than 200 educators heard at a luncheon last week honoring their years of service to schools in the Archdiocese of Louisville.

Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz addressed the teachers recalling Pope Francis’ words: “Let us thank all those who teach in Catholic schools. Educating is an act of love; it is like giving life.”

The Archdiocese of Louisville’s Office of Lifelong Formation and Education formally recognized 206 educators. The teachers — who were honored at a luncheon at The Olmsted on Nov. 2 — were recognized for 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, 40 and 45 years of service. There are 19,526 students in 49 schools located in seven counties of the archdiocese.

Archbishop Kurtz commended the teachers for their steadfast commitment to Catholic education.

“That fidelity is a living witness to your students, to the families and to all of the church of what it means to mirror the fidelity of Christ to others,” he said.

During the event, Leisa Schulz, superintendent of Catholic schools, thanked the teachers and school administrators for “sharing your lives in Christ with the students and families” of the archdiocese.

“Together we build foundations rooted in the Gospel. Your witness and dedication to Catholic school education speaks volumes,” Schulz said.

Following are teachers who were honored for 45, 40, 35 and 30 years of service. A complete list of the honorees can be found at


Regina Hall, St. Aloysius School, Pewee Valley
Bonnie Hardy, St. Edward School
Dennis Lampley, Trinity High School


Melinda Cecil, St. Athanasius School
Jane Conboy, Mercy Academy
Arnold Drury, St. Xavier High School
Ted Elsesser, Sacred Heart Academy
Joe Fowler, Trinity
Sheila Huff, Sacred Heart Academy
Susan Jones, Holy Spirit School
John Kahl, Trinity
Diana Meyer, St. Nicholas Academy
Frank Ward, Trinity


Michael Baete, St. Raphael School
Mollie Bystrek, St. Augustine School, Lebanon
Laura Clemons, Sacred Heart Academy
Paula Do, St. Francis of Assisi School
Cathy Duncanson, Notre Dame Academy
Tony Lococo, Trinity
Jan Martin, Mercy Academy
Mary Mason, Trinity
Dr. Perry Sangalli, St. Xavier
Theresa Steinbock, St. Francis of Assisi
Gloria Thornburg, Assumption High School
Joyce Wicke, St. Margaret Mary School
Rob Young, St. Xavier
Mary Alice Zettel, St. Mary Academy


Terry Barney, DeSales High School
Laura Dant, St. Agnes School/St. Francis of Assisi
Debbie Heaverin, Trinity
Pam Huelsman, St. Gabriel School
Elizabeth Keller, St. Edward
Julie Maschino, St. Nicholas Academy
Nico Menchu, St. Francis of Assisi
Terri Reilly, Holy Spirit
Teresa Roberts, Presentation Academy
Terry Sadolsky, St. Mary Academy
Anne White, St. Martha


Natalie Androla, St. Margaret Mary
Sister Sharon Marie Blank, St. Gabriel
Marilyn Bowman, Mercy Academy
Cammie Burba, Notre Dame Academy
Ellen Burton, St. Albert the Great
Kathy DeLozier, St. Nicholas Academy
Julie Domzalski, St. Margaret Mary
Angela Eby, St. James, Elizabethtown
Kathleen Ellis, St. Edward
Johna Fortener, Presentation Academy
Catherine Giangarra, St. Patrick
Tamara Herbert, St. Gabriel
Mary Horecny, St. Francis of Assisi
Lisa Lauder, St. Gabriel
Maria Martin, Trinity
Julie McKean, St. James, Elizabethtown
Patrice Payton, St. Athanasius
Anne Perryman, St. Patrick
Teri Rosenbaum, St. Albert the Great
Jody Schaefer, Assumption
Garry Sermersheim, St. Gabriel
Paula Spugnardi, Assumption
Sister Mary Ann Tarquinio, Holy Cross High School
Peggy Theiss, Our Lady of Lourdes
Fred Whittaker, St. Francis of Assisi
Angela Willett, St. Patrick
Dan Zoeller, Trinity


Janet Adkins, Assumption
Sherry Baird, St. Margaret Mary
Cindy Bland, St. Augustine, Lebanon
Irene Bozio, Assumption
Greg Cambron, St. Xavier
Teri Campisano, Assumption
Cristin Clark, Holy Cross
Janice Cook, Mercy
Julie Davis, John Paul II Academy
Kim Davis, Sacred Heart Academy
Mike Domzalski, Trinity
Phyllis Donlon, Sacred Heart Academy
Donna Gail Edwards, St. Nicholas
Steve Ferman, Trinity
Paige Fitzhugh, St. Bernard
Lori Graves, St. Dominic, Springfield
Pat Hammer, Holy Trinity
Eileen Harpring, St. Michael
Donna Kamer, St. Francis of Assisi
Carol Kraemer, Sacred Heart Model
Debbie McMurray, St. Nicholas
Barbara Ogden, Holy Spirit
Kelley Powers, Holy Trinity
Lisa Smith, St. Bernard
Steve Todd, Trinity
Barb Voet, St. Margaret Mary
Meg Wicke, Assumption


Sarah Brian, St. Athanasius
Michael Brockman, St. Xavier
Amy Burch, St. Margaret Mary
Paula Cecil, St. Gregory, Samuels
Margaret Chelf, St. Dominic, Springfield
Anna DeWitt, St. Joseph, Bardstown
Lindsay Finley, St. Albert the Great
Christopher Gold, St. Xavier
Debbie Hall, Presentation
David Ianke, St. Xavier
David Jarczewski, Sacred Heart Academy
Ben Kresse, St. Xavier
Niamh Lutes, St. Gabriel
Amy Malcolm, Sacred Heart Model School
Sheila Mays, Holy Spirit
Jacob McGill, Sacred Heart Academy
Brian Mitchell, St. Xavier
Emily Puffer, Sacred Heart Academy
Betty Roth, Trinity
Amy Sharp, Holy Trinity
Sara Sills, Mercy Academy
Karla Spencer, St. Nicholas
Steven Straub, Assumption
Michelle Stull, St. Margaret Mary
James Sutherland, Assumption
Mike Szabo, Trinity
Paula Watkins, Holy Trinity
Larry Winegarden, Trinity


Sharon Amshoff, St. Bernard
Katrina Ballard, St. Joseph, Bardstown
Sister Christine Beckett, Presentation
Sister Amina Bejos, Presentation
Valerie Brooks, St. Joseph, Bardstown
Kristen Burge, St. Patrick
Laura Cardosi, St. Mary Academy
Carol Comstock, Trinity
Ben Cottrell, St. Xavier
Betsy Darby, Trinity
Susanne Firestone, Presentation
Debbie Freyberger, St. James, Elizabethtown
Steve Hammer, Mercy
Lisa Hermes, St. Albert the Great
Paul Houpt, DeSales
Leigh Jackson, Assumption
Jimmie Dee Kelley, St. James, Elizabethtown
Alice Kervin, Holy Trinity
Adele Koch, Sacred Heart Model School
Erica Lasley, Assumption
Kati Leahy, St. Raphael
Chasity Livers, St. Joseph, Bardstown
Ray Martin, Holy Spirit
Joseph Chittissery Mathai, Trinity
Bill Moore, DeSales
Josh Mullin, St. Xavier
Theresa Neichter, St. Xavier
Andrea Peavler, Mercy
Ladislao Perez, St. Nicholas
Naomi Sipe, John Paul II
Elizabeth Stone, St. Bernard
Carey Storner, St. Patrick
Khaki Strebel, Holy Spirit
James Streble, St. Paul
Doug Strothman, DeSales
Ryan Todd, St. Bernard
Tim Weihe, Holy Cross
Matt Yarborough, St. Xavier


Jennifer Barz, Our Lady of Lourdes
Courtney Billig, Holy Trinity
Christina Brittian, St. Joseph, Bardstown
Christopher Cassady, Bethlehem High School, Bardstown
T.J. Cataldo, DeSales
Sally Cunningham, Sacred Heart Academy
Margie DeMuth, St. Albert the Gret
Kathleen Doyle, St. Agnes
Brennan Ebersold, St. Martha
Maygan Echsner, St. Albert the Great
Christina Elpers, Assumption
Judi Erskine, Assumption
Jessica Farrell, Nativity Academy
Amy Fears, Sacred Heart Model School
Kathryn Ford, Sacred Heart Academy
James Frank, St. Xavier
Connie Frymark, St. Rita
Rebekah Gabbert, St. Augustine, Lebanon
Eva Garrett, Sacred Heart Academy
Stephanie Gerstle, Our Lady of Lourdes
Aaron Gottbrath, DeSales
Anthony Gunn, St. Gabriel
Tiffany Hall, Assumption
Lynn Hamilton, Bethlehem
Stephanie Hilgeford, St. Patrick
Jared Hulstine, Sacred Heart Academy
William Kennedy, St. Aloysius, Pewee Valley
Julie Kraemer, Sacred Heart Model School
Lenae Lancaster, St. Augustine, Lebanon
Chad Lyons, St. Xavier
Eleanor Mitchell, Sacred Heart Academy
Kevin Monaghan, Assumption
Schu Montgomery, Holy Angels Academy
Krystle Nail, Notre Dame Academy
Amy Nguyen, St. Mary Academy
Jennifer Osbourne, DeSales
Janet Peter, Presentation
Sister Jill Reuber, Sacred Heart Model School
Cara Schaaf, St. Patrick
Sister Doris Schepers, St. Patrick
Jessica Shain, St. Aloysius
Stephanie Shelton, Assumption
Karen Spalding, St. Joseph, Bardstown
Julie Speer, St. Athanasius
David Stewart, St. Xavier
Jennifer Tippel, Our Lady of Lourdes
Jill Tucker, St. Xavier
Jennifer Whyte, St. Leonard

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